The TCM Method
The TCM (traditional Chinese medicine) method is the most common way to encapsulate placenta. It has been widely reported that this method produces capsules high in quality but with a softer energy. The way the raw and TCM methods differ is an extra step in the preparation of the placenta – steaming it. This method is used to replenish warmth back to the mother that was lost in the birthing process and to rebalance the mother's Qi and energy.
I generally steam with lemon ginger & jalapenos. I can certainly exclude these if you would prefer. The herbs do add flavour. I may also use frankincense oil in the steaming process if the mother has had a particularly rough birth and can discuss these options with you.
The TCM method includes:
Receiving and cleaning the placenta
Steaming the placenta (with or without herbs or essential oils).This usually takes 15-20 mins each side.
Slicing the placenta thinly in preparation for dehydration. Thiscan include the membranes and umbilical cord
Dehydrating the placenta. This can take 24 – 36+ hours.
Grinding the placenta into powder
Encapsulating the powder. I use vegetarian capsules.
Delivery to your door within 3 days of receiving your placenta.
(Please note – other steps are included at various points if additional services are requested like, for example, placenta art, cord keepsake, healing balm and placenta tincture).
Most placentas yield about 100-200 capsules. Recommended usage and care instructions are included with the placenta capsules.